Alekesandar Mitrovic. Know for his never ending passion for Newcastle United, crazy celebrations and haircuts. Mitrovic or ‘Mitro’ didn’t have the best start to his life at Newcastle United receiving a yellow card within 30 seconds of his debut against Southampton at the beginning of the 2015/2016 Premier League season and also the start of Steve McClaren’s short time at the club. Mitrovic grabbed 9 goals in the season which saw Newcastle relegated to the second tier of English football. However after Benitez decided that he would stay at the club after their relegation many fans saw this as an opportunity for players to adapt under the rule of the world class manager, including Mitrovic. As Newcastle now go into their 10th win of the 2016/2017 season, Mitrovic has only started one game and scored one goal. The question is being asked, can Rafa trust Mitro? Mitro is known to be an aggressive footballer receiving 7 yellows and 2 red cards in his first season at the club.
With Dwight Gayle in form and other players like Ayoze Perez fighting for place in the team it is obvious that Mitrovic can become frustrated, which can be seen in performances like against Norwich City which saw Mitro booked for fighting and arguing after just 60 seconds of being on the pitch. Understandably Benitez has had no choice but to bench Mitrovic as Gayle is very much inform scoring 11 goals so far this season. As Newcastle move on to Preston North End in the EFL Cup on Tuesday at St James’ Park, could we see Mitrovic starting? Can Benitez trust him to start?